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How I Managed to Receive Leads from ActiveRain, Twitter and Facebook!

I don't consider myself to be a social marketing guru (yet), but I do spend a little time each week on all of the top social media sites that I know about.  Sometimes, it's just a few minutes per week.  Obviously, I spend the majority of my online time right here on ActiveRain, but I have become more active on Twitter lately - both are highly addictive, in my humble opinion.  Facebook also seems to have some interesting potential as a business tool, if used properly.

I just wanted to take a minute to share some of my experiences with the other two sites.  Clearly, I have written a good number of posts about sales and referrals that have come from ActiveRain already.  My primary advice on AR is to be yourself and write about stuff that actually interests you, rather than simply focusing on real estate all the time.

 

FACEBOOK

When I was first invited to Facebook by Jennifer Bukaty last fall, I knew a very small handful of people on there at the time.  I would get random email messages like this:

  • You have been SUPER-POKED by Rob
  • Mary hurled a ghost at you!
  • Tom set you up on a date with Monica Lewinsky
  • Sue wants to dirty dance with you in front of your kids!

What the heck is all of this stuff, anyway?  Clearly, this site must be worthless for business, right?  Actually, that's not true.  At this point, if you are not a member of Facebook, the jokes above make zero sense to you, more than likely.  If you ARE a member, you are probably still laughing (at least I hope you are). At any rate, I kind of avoided the site for awhile, then decided to re-evaluate it later, and I'm glad that I did.

Despite all of the silliness and random applications, and Scrabble games, and videos, Facebook has also brought me a handful of leads.  As a bonus, my AR blog has developed a strong following among my Facebook friends (over 1700 now), and sometimes they comment directly on Facebook.  But how?  Well, I learned how to "feed" my AR blog posts to Facebook awhile back, and this gets me additional exposure in a group of non-AR members.

I have had a handful of decent leads from Facebook so far, all of which came (so far) from people which I did not previously know, but who have seen some of my posts and know that I am a real estate broker in Austin.  I am still pleasantly surprised when I realize that one of my "real life" friends found my blog via Facebook.

TWITTER

Using the ActiveRain feature to automatically send links to your public posts straight to Twitter is very cool indeed, but I would recommend also actually hanging out there sometimes, rather than just sending the occasional link.  When you develop relationships, it will begin to pay off and they will read your stuff IF they get to know you.  Otherwise, it seems a bit random in the middle of all of the conversations going on and no one will pay attention.  I was guilty of this before, but I have changed my ways now. 

As with Facebook, I have developed a healthy readership on Twitter, with about 425 "followers" there.  I got a lead today from a guy that I only knew tangentially - awesome!  So far, I have received about five leads from my relationships there, as well as solidifying some friendships and contacts that I already knew from ActiveRain.  In case you didn't realize this, there is a large contingent of AR members on Twitter, which makes it even more fun.

 

For specific instuctions on how to achieve this, please check out my post here:

How to Feed Your ActiveRain Blog Directly to Facebook and Twitter - Get More Exposure for the Same Effort!  

If you have questions, I would be happy to help, time permitting.  Thanks for reading!

Follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jasoncrouch

      

 

If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

Comment balloon 145 commentsJason Crouch • October 21 2008 02:56PM

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 Jason,  great post.. Is it easy to feed my blog to facebook?  If you have a moment can you tell a friend?  or two?

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) almost 11 years ago

Very cool, like you I spend time on the web, I enjoyed the ideas you have shared

Posted by David Wang, Prudential | 650.504.8190 (Prudential California Realty) almost 11 years ago

Nice Jason, I back after nearly being gone for 2 years and I have no idea what twitter is. I do know facebook, but have not got on that yet. I did manage a Myspace account which I have been told that I can not use to send the 70 some relatives I have on it holiday notes instead of real cards.

Posted by Timothy Butterworth (Taking a break ) almost 11 years ago

I would also love to find out how to feed my blog to Facebook.  I joined last spring when my neighbor found out before I did which college my daughter decided to attend, before I did, on Facebook!  I see lots of potential there.  Pretty please, share?

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) almost 11 years ago

I was invited to Facebook today by a neighbor. We ocassionally trade emails. I decided to take her up on her invitation and wham I all of a sudden had chances to hook up with lots of friends. It was amazing to see it all happen. There were a few people I decided not to send invites to and low and behold they started seding me invites. It was interesting because the readership seems to be the next generation for the most part. I have alot of neices and nephews who I found there. I can see great potential with the. I to would like to know how to feed my blog there. Thanks for the ideas.

Posted by Randy DeLaMare, Helping friends Realize their Real Estate Dreams (Realtypath LLC) almost 11 years ago

Jason, great information. Interestingly enough the reason I stopped using Facebook because friends and relatives constantly were bombarding me with new applications as you described, so I felt it was just for games not for business. On the otherhand I like Linked-in because it is everything that Facebook is not "all business". BTW I would be intrested in the same question as Judy G's & Randy D's how to feed posts from here to Facebook.

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 11 years ago

Jason - this last week and  today I have been updating the above "other" social media sites and others too. Still have work to do, but I feel like slowly but surely I am getting there. (wiping brow). I too would like to know how you managed to feed AR to facebook - cool! ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Jason, I have just started using Facebook and Linkedin and have had many invites and a recommendation.  I too would like to learn how to feed my blog posts.  I hope that this will be one of your future posts.

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) almost 11 years ago

I've got to get started on this....thank you thank you.

Posted by Christina Williams. REALTOR® TN property search & local insights (First Realty Company) almost 11 years ago

Throw me in the mix of people who want to link my blog to Facebook.  My nephews were shocked when they found me there.

Thanks for the info.

Take care.

Posted by Cindy Leiterman, Green Bay, WI (Resource One Realty, LLC) almost 11 years ago

I too have put off joining Facebook, I should do it.  How do I link by blog to Facebook?

Posted by Carol Swain, Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa (Keller Williams Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Jason,

Thanks for this great information.  I have a Facebook account, I just need to use it more.  I will check out Twitter.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker almost 11 years ago

Hi Jason, I just recently joined Facebook and Twitter but I am still trying to figure it all out. Thanks for the tips. Twitter has me stumped but I will figure it out.

Posted by Eunice Waller, Working Together, We Can Do Great Things (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Simpson Realtors) almost 11 years ago

I havent started with facebook or twitter. I keep seeing these things on AR but I have so many other things that adding one more right now seems to be mind boggling.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) almost 11 years ago

Tangentially? Jason, you must have gotten that word from your daughter, right?? LOL Great post, here... I've been taking that Domus Consulting's webinar that is helping a lot of us better understand how to set these applications up and get them working for our business. I have a TON of appreciation now for FB & Twitter!

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) almost 11 years ago

Jason:  I have been participating in Facebook but know I am not utilizing it to the fullest so thanks for the post.  One question (along with feeding my post to Facebook with the others).  Do you accept all invites - sometimes I get invited by people I don't know and because of all the "other stuff" you mentioned, I hesitage accepting them.  Also, I am going to invite you as a friend right now.

Posted by Cathy Tishhouse, Royal Oak Real Estate (RE/MAX Showcase Homes) almost 11 years ago

Those are excellent numbers. I have now recieved 2 from Twitter and I can tell you I was a little shocked!

your friend in Charlottesville VA!!!

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) almost 11 years ago

Jason,

I stopped taking too many of the poking...I have too many holes in me now...I haven't gotten leads but found a few old friends from High School. I have way too many of these social networks and stopped using most of them...who in the world has that kind of time to keep up?

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

Jason...

Having the links automatically sent to twitter and from there to FaceBook has changed my life ... not to mention Localism and my outside blog ... all at once! And that has made me more likely to write public posts!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 11 years ago

Jason - THanks for this post. I had never thought about setting up an Rss feed to facebook.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 11 years ago

I will make the feeds a priority....feeds.leads...sounds good...poking..hmmm...not so much ?

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 11 years ago

Hi Jason.  Your numbers amaze me.  Congrats on your success. 

I too have started "working" with facebook and twitter.  I have a long way to go!

Thanks for writing,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 11 years ago

Jason - Your experience with Facebook and Twitter have been much like mine. I almost blocked facebook from email because I was so sick of getting all the crap. I have all my posts fed to the site and now use twitter every now and then too.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 11 years ago

Jason, I am a member of facebook and twitter but haven't done anything with either. Twitter I don't get. Facebook I only use to checkout new pictures put up by my niece. It's all just too much and consumes too much of my time. I get a much better return soliciting expired listings and of course sitting out by the pool working on my tan:)

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Jason, there are many avenues to pursue like Twitter and Facebook in looking for leads. It's great to hear your experience from them all. I see you did away with your wall paper and went back to the basic blog format. I hear a problem with the customizer is slow downloads of the screens. Things are always changing.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

My 20 year old daughter told me if I set up a "facebook" or "my space" she was not going to be my "friend".  She is so laughing at her old mom for posting to a blog.  But she's in college and only sees it as a "social" network.  She'll get into the working world and see the light.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for all the information on these two sites, but what I wanna know, what is localism?

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 11 years ago

Jason....you are just "mega" everything and how cool is that. Everything you do my friend is "bigger than life" and I am so glad about that. I'm hooked up to Twitter but have never joined Facebook. I guess it's time for me to venture there.....sounds interesting! We are on "Mr. Toads Wild Ride" and it pretty funny....or is it "Alice and Wonderland". Great post!

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) almost 11 years ago

Jason, thanks for sharing your success on FB and Twitter. I have been hanging out more on FB and drop in occasssionally on Twitter. I have been so busy lately that I just have had to lay it aside. If I use Twitbin on during the day, I tend to comment more.

Did you read Lani's post on AgentGenius yesterday?

She had some new tools and I still got a grade of 97 so not too shabby. Lately some of the news services around Ann Arbor, Detroit have started to follow me. At first they only submitted their news feeds, so that is encouraging. One even emailed me and asked what  I would like tweets on.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

I give you credit J.  You da man.  I have to tell you that I am fully invested in AR.  Getting more involved in peripherals just takes away from relationship building for me.  Am I over simplifying it or are you super human or am just super developmentally challenged?

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) almost 11 years ago

Loveseat, you sailed right past me and in your typical manner, have become the King of Social Networking. Sadly, I still don't know how to 'feed' my AR blog in Facebook or where/how to automatically send links to my blog on Twitter via AR. I just copy and paste in both cases. I really need to start writing again, don't I?!

Big Hug!

Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Yes you do, Jennifer.

Crouch - I've gotten leads and closed loans from AR.  However, while I am a part of Facebook I think I've logged on twice... maybe.  Twitter, I still don't get.  It seems it works for some people though, maybe someday I will break through the glass ceiling I've created.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 11 years ago

Jason,

     As always thanks for the info.  I have set up a twitter account, but have yet to utilize it.  I have been thinking about doing facebook, but couldn't make up my mind to do it or not.  Guess I'll have to seriously consider it.  Thanks for the words of encouragement.

Posted by Joshua & Kathy Schmidt (ERA Henley Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Jason- You have 1700+ Friends on Facebook?!  I'm still trying to digest that;-)  I feel really unpopular right now.  I'm on Facebook and I still don't know what to do with it.  Other than feed your blog post there, what else do you there?  I could see with that many friends the amount of "stuff" you get could be a real bear to sort through.

Posted by Matt Moxhay, Moorestown Real Estate (Prudential Fox & Roach) almost 11 years ago

TO ALL: I am leaving town today - headed to Houston for the REBarcamp (real estate technology conference).  I promise to write a post about how to feed your blog to Facebook when I return.  In the meantime, this might help:

  • Log in to Facebook
  • Go to this page: http://www.facebook.com/apps/
  • In the search box, type in "blogcast"
  • Add this application and set it up
  • Your RSS feed for ActiveRain is easy - mine is http://activerain.com/blogs/jasoncrouch/rss (all of them follow this format here)
  • Your Blogcast will show up under your Profile page and each update appears on your Wall
  • There is another application called "my blogs" that you could use

I hope this helps!  I will be on the road, but you can email me if you have any questions.  As I said, I will write something more extensive later.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Hi Jason, Thanks for the very simple explanation. I am on both FB and Twitter,. Now I just have to really tweak my use.

Posted by Tina Maraj, Top Agent in Fullerton 2016-2018 714-403-7901 (RE/MAX Cornerstone) almost 11 years ago

Jason, I can't wait to hear about the camp. I know you will get at least one valuable idea. Good luck and good blogging.

Posted by Scott Barr, Realtor (Pacific Sotheby's international Realty) almost 11 years ago

Jason- Instructions worked great! Very straightforward. I have mine up in running. Took less than 5 minutes. Thanks for sharing.

Best,

Scott

Posted by Scott Cowan (RE/MAX Professionals) almost 11 years ago

I am a member of Facebook, but I haven't spent much time there just yet. Maybe I will have to rethink that. Take care Crouch.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 11 years ago

Thanks, Jason. We always appreciate any advice that you have to offer. All our best, Jim & Maria

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

thanks so much for all the information. As for Tammy I hope her daughter adds her as a friend :)

Posted by Katharine Carey (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Great stuff Jason and much appreciated.  I knew if I hung around here long enough I would get some advice on Facebook.  Thanks.

Posted by Brien Berard, Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate (Remax Professionals Laurel MD) almost 11 years ago

Jason - I've been wanting to integrate my blog posts and twitter, so now I learn there's an easy way. I'll call you after you're back in Austin.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 11 years ago

Jason, Thanks for pointing out the finer points of facebook. I have not recieve referral as of yet from twitter. I think when i began with AR it took about 4 months and then to the moon. I could not make Houston but Hopefully the crew will come to New Orleans soon.

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) almost 11 years ago

I'm off to try the feed idea with FB. Thank you.

Posted by Kevin Wood,, Tucson, AZ Realtor (Keller Williams Southern Arizona) almost 11 years ago

jason...I have been struggling with the idea of face book and My Space and I need to look a bit closer first. you have taken the internet marketing world by the horns so i always defer when i read your posts so thanks for additional info. Twitter? Hmm...I am still busy with clients so that's in the future for sure! Thanks again!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

OK - if Jason's on Facebook, I'm there!  Adding to my to-do list now....

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) almost 11 years ago

Hi Jason, I am going to try to get the AR blog to Facebook via your explanation. Thank you for the info.

Posted by Ellie Viray, Realtor, GRI (Podley Properties) almost 11 years ago

I'm still working on building my following on Twitter I feel that their is a lot of potential there.

Posted by Justin Ukaoma, Kansas City Real Estate Investments (Vizion KC) almost 11 years ago

I so need to get on that twitter bandwagon.  I was resisting and then Matt Heaton's words keep coming through my head "twitter is like crack".  I don't think I could control myself like I do here or on facebook with my oh so addictive personality!

 

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) almost 11 years ago

Jason, thanks for the post.  Facebook I've known about for a while, and twitter I just heard about a few days ago.  I've thought about using other sites.  But it comes down to AR always seeming like the best one.  So I'm just focus all my effort on this.  Maybe someday I'll get around to the others. 

Posted by Kirstin Kestner, Sales Associate (Craft Treasures LLC) almost 11 years ago

Jason, thanks for following us on Twitter. It's a great compliment. Twitter for those that don't know is often talked about on fox news so it's starting to hit the main street so to speak. We personally kind of cringe when talking about facebook with it's heir apparent comparisons to myspace. Linkedin is perhaps the better option for those who want to stay within a professional environment, but as jason mentioned facebook can have it's benefits if used properly.

Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) almost 11 years ago

Great that your having so much look with these sites. How did you end up with so many facebook friends? Just added everyone you could find?

Jared

www.jared.pro

www.tubeutah.com

Posted by Jared Wangsgard almost 11 years ago

This is very helpful, Jason. Like some others I am getting much more into social networking. The 13 week webinar with Kevin Boer and Pat Kitano is off to a terrific start. I have gotten much more involved with Twitter and have been feeding posts there, but wasn't to FB, but am now thanks to you.

Have a terrific time at the REBarCamp. We will all look forward to hearing all about it.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago

Sounds like you have a handle on things!!!

I need to get to know twitter better.... that lightbulb hasn't gone off for me on that site.

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) almost 11 years ago

You Da'Man!

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the information and sharing.

Posted by Steve Lauver, Omaha Realty -- 402-689-7550 (Nebraska Realty -) almost 11 years ago

We tweet, we facebook, we do a lot of things and it all pays off in the end

Dave Woodson

Posted by Dave Woodson, Not the Average Agent (Dave Woodson) almost 11 years ago

Jason - thanks for a great post. I am new to twitter and am learning the ropes there and like any social website, it pays to develop relationships with each other. And because of you - I learned about blip yesterday and created my own playlist - I love it! I am already on facebook, but have not spent much time there - but will look into it further. And I have bookmarked your post! Thanks!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 11 years ago

I think I figured out how to set up the blogcast thanks to your explanation. At least I see it on the profile page. Thanks a milliion. Now back wrestling with twitter! ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Yes, Jacson, I've had a few of those myself on Facebook, and rarely do anything there except delete those.  'Guess I should take another look, too.  I did take another look today at Twitter, after joining there about a year ago.  I haven't figured out how to find you yet, but maybe you can find me.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I spend time on all these sites too. Unfortunately, I have duplicated of each one. One is for business, and one is for people I've met on You Tube and other online media where I don't want them to know who I really am. And the worst part is, I spend more time playing with my You Tube friend thn I do with my business associates >=o,

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 11 years ago

Jason - My SEO has greatly improved from joining Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, ActiveRain / Localism, RealBird, Trulia, etc.  These sites are fantastic.  However, I wouldn't have joined most had it not been from the information I found on ActiveRain.

Posted by Kevin Teeters, Hickory NC Realtors (Kevin Teeters Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

Dont you think that it is a very big block of time that you spend on the social networks?  Through my own online marketing company I have found that actively seeking links and building site rank is the best use of online free time. 


Contact my brother or I at MN Web Design

Posted by Steven Ayres (Rocket 55) almost 11 years ago

Have not got around to Facebook or Twitter yet, sounds like I need to! Well done.

Posted by Corinne Guest, Barrington Lifestyles (Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company) almost 11 years ago

Using your time wisely on the internet is very hard for anyone to do. It looks like your making most of your social networking sites and I think I will now create a myspace page in order to connect with old friends and make them new clients. Good post.

Posted by Adrian Alvarado, Inland Empire Real Estate (MGR Real Estate Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Jason, thanks so much for the info about "blogcasting" on facebook! I set it up already and look forward to getting more facebook friends onto my blog. Awesome tips, as always!

Posted by Kristen Wahl, CBR (Re/Max Plus) almost 11 years ago

I am just trying to find enough hours in the day.  I will have to look into facebook and twitter further.  It looks like it is worthwhile getting involved.  Glad to hear about your success.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 11 years ago

Hey Jason, Yep, I am trying to get better at Twitter, I am following you and many others here from AR.. God bless,

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging almost 11 years ago

Great post Jason! Social networking is increasingly important and we need to remember that.

Posted by DJ Swanepoel (Real Estate Wiki) almost 11 years ago

Jason,  You are the greatest!  I'm trying to stay up with all of this tech stuff...I just got a new cell phone today...and my 15 yr old is going to tutor me on it tonight!

 

Posted by Barbara Dougher, Realtor - 2008 Rookie of the Year (Coldwell Banker United East Texas Division) almost 11 years ago

I didn't know you can feed FB with the AR blogs. Hmmm. How do you do that, genius?

I have no Twitter account. Just like AR, I was hesistant to blogging. But I just need to get some time to learn its benefits, I guess.

Thanks for sharing this.

Now, will you be my friend on FB?

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) almost 11 years ago

I love twitter and now I think I'll check out facebook! Thanks Jason

Posted by Marie Westerman, New Homes Sales Specialist Evans GA REALTOR (Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate/ Wilson Parker Homes) almost 11 years ago

Jason- I'm just getting Facebook down....think I'll send you a pumpkin! But I'm not enamored of twitter yet. Seems like a constant interruption versus stream of happenings. But I may have to give this a try.

Posted by Cat Zwicker, CRS, Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results! (Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Jason, Safe trip , will check back for more looking forward to new connections. Steve

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 11 years ago

I have stayed away from other networking sites but maybe I should try others AR is the best.... I will try and see what happens..

Posted by Frank Marta, Texas Home Loan Specialist NMLS#: 245813 (Nuhome Group, LLC NMLS#:835196 - Houston Tx | Mortgage Broker| 713-373-0345) almost 11 years ago

All these newer media opportunities are great -- take some time -but all help.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

Jason... what I have been waiting for someone to tell me is how to get links to facebook and tweeter. How do you feed your AR blogs to Facebook... and what AR feature allows you to send your public posts directly to Tweeter?   thanks

jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing...but I think you have a couple new posts to add...hint hint...can you help us newbies get set up with our blogs on Facebook and Twitter?  Thanks

Posted by Sonja Adams (Samson Proprties) almost 11 years ago

I have nor used social sites at all. I'm very interested as I am in constant search for traffic and was told this is a viable source, thanks for the info. I will try it!

Posted by Luis Pezzini almost 11 years ago

Jason- I am twittering finally. I started a long time ago but then I did not really understand the real business applications that are possible. I have been taking some classes and being coached in twittering so I should be a pro soon enough! I love facebook and was on facebook before I found Active Rain but then neglected Facebook because of all the time I spend on AR. Congrats on the gold star.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago

Yes Twitter is also addicting, and can be fascinating because it encompasses people from the whole world over.  I'm giving Facebook more time now that I started a group for my town.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Jason, I'm still trying to figure out AR!  So far it's great!!!

Posted by Darla Jensen (Edina Realty) almost 11 years ago

Thanks as always Jason for great insight to these things. Although I'm a long way from getting all this I do like the challenge.

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) almost 11 years ago

I utilize all three as well.  Just recently my half sister contacted me because she found me on facebook.  I have not spoken to her since I was 12 (20+ years later).

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) almost 11 years ago

Hey Jason ... thanks for sharing your thoughts regarding Twitter and Facebook.   I can't wait to meet you tomorrow at REBar Camp!!!!!!!!!!!!!  pippa

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) almost 11 years ago

Hi Jason, I am pedaling as fast as I can.  Not sure I am getting it, but I am trying as best I can.  You guys all have fun tomorrow.  I will be anxious to see photos and hear about REBarcamp.

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the tip on doing feeds to Facebook, I will have to look into that!

Posted by James Engel (KW Commercial Beverly Hills) almost 11 years ago

Excellent post Jason.  These sites are about building relationships.  It's what agents and brokers have always done...at least if they wanted to be successful.  This is just another dimension of connection.

Posted by Lola Audu almost 11 years ago

Jason~ I am on facebook and have lots of friends there, but I have joined Twitter, but haven't figured how that really works yet........

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) almost 11 years ago

Gotta get on Facebook.  Just haven't had "the time" to do it yet but I will now. Cool post.

Posted by Anonymous almost 11 years ago

Among my many talents, I'm also the unknown commenter.  That's me above!

Posted by Lanette Branch, Bel Air, MD REALTOR (RE/MAX Components) almost 11 years ago

Jason,

Just getting a little deeper now into how to use Facebook in my mortgage business. AR is still the main focus but to compliment the effort Facebook might be a nice addition.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 11 years ago

Jason

Forget Face book...When you goinna get to writing your book?  Man you understand all of this better than anyone and relay it so precisely and clearly.

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) almost 11 years ago

You are such the social butterfly. Try as I might, it's taking me a while to develop a consistent rhythm anywhere. You're proof it works so I'll keep at it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by LS Rogers Realty (LS Rogers Realty) almost 11 years ago

Good job!!! I haven't gotten into conversations on Twitter yet, so I have a ways to go, buy I have gotten leads, and sold a condo off of a lead from Myspace.

Posted by Jennie L. James (RE/MAX DWELL) almost 11 years ago

WEll Jason it would appear that your blog started a little bit of a Twitter. I think many of us have dismissed facebook. The last time I looked at facebook you could only sign up if you were a student. You never know what is going to catch on next.

Time to take a peek again.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

thanks for telling us about that feature with twitter, i didnt know you can do that

Posted by Tim Hawkins, Realtor Pell City, Pell City Real Estate (Remax Realty Pros) almost 11 years ago

Jason,

 

     Props to you. Your the man! I subscribe to your blogs, follow you on Twitter and I'm a friend of yours on FaceBook and I'm honored for the association. I have learned a lot from you! Thanks!

 

Posted by Tony DeLuke, ABR, GRI, SFR (Markley Realty) almost 11 years ago

Great info Jason! I haven't Twittered yet, but I should check it out.  I'm on Facebook, but only to see pictures and communicate with some of my family who live quite a ways from me. 

I am definitely not worthy!  smileys  

Posted by Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team, Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate (Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team) almost 11 years ago

I haven't joined either yet, but I have been thinking lately of joinging Twitter because of the links. 

Posted by Chastity Guevara (Camelot's Quest Realty) almost 11 years ago

Jason,

I added my blog to Facebook.  Thanks for the heads-up. 

Posted by Fran Gatti, Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the information I just looked at tweeter I had never heard of it.

Posted by Marie LaVoise, CENTURY 21 Platinum Properties (CENTURY 21 Platinum Properties) almost 11 years ago

Jason,

Thanks for the post. Twitter is a definite. Facebook, That I'll consider. You are the first to have positive comments about Facebook, as it reltes to our business.

Posted by William Collins, Property and Asset Management (ERA Queen City Realty) almost 11 years ago

good post Jason, maybe I'll see you on the texas hold em tables:)

Posted by Edward W. Lui, Georgetown Texas Real Estate (Mars Hill Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

Jason in Austin TX:  I recently established a Twitter profile.  Still trying to figure it out.  I have been sooo consumed with Active Rain, however I have read many posts talking about venturing out.  I guess I need to learn the ways of other networking sites.  Any suggestions or helpful posts that can help a newbie on Twitter or Facebook?  Thanks for the insight on how these other networking site validate your real estate business in Austin Texas!

 

PS: Did you and your wife enjoy the brownies from Marie Westerman?

 

Posted by Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate, Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill (!Daley Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

I did not realize I could send my AR blogs to Facebook, and I still don't understand all the pokes and such I get on Facebook.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 11 years ago

Jason I have started twittering myself. You right it can be addictive. I am just need to learn how to balance my time with all of these social networking sites. And thanks for accepting my Twitter invitation. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) almost 11 years ago

Jason,

I am still learning about both Facebook and Twitter.  2009 will be the year that I re-define my path in social networking.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 11 years ago

Jason,

Thanks for sharing this information.  I have always been interested in Facabook but never really knew to much about it.  I will try this out and hopefully I will end up getting some leads from it just like you.

I am always looking for new outlets to try to expand my business.

Posted by Mark Juzwa (MJ Mortgage & Tax Services, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I'm on Facebook but not on Twitter yet.  I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

Posted by Kristin Hunteman, Escrow Closing Officer (True Title Company) almost 11 years ago

I'm still not sold on FaceBook but your comments and advice have made me reconsider a few things so I'll probably check that out.  \

I just don't get twittering yet.  I originally thought it was a technique to "refresh" your site daily thus having something to do with seo?

Posted by Charlotte Koch, Realtor-Strongsville,Ohio (Keller Williams Greater Cleveland Southwest) almost 11 years ago

Hi Jason, Great post and great job!  It is so important today to be out there in the social eye online.  Keep up the great work!

Posted by Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast (M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Great post...thanks for the help!  When I have more time I will definately look into implementing these ideas. Thanks to all you AR bloggers for sharing.

Posted by Jeff and Lisa Sellers (The Sellers Realty Lubbock,TX) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful advice, I am one day going to make time to look at others but until I will be satisfied with being in the Rain with all my Rainers.

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) almost 11 years ago

Hi Jason,

Great info.  I will get on the Facebook feed asap.

thank you,

Stuart

 

Posted by Anonymous almost 11 years ago

Cool - I am going to try and figure out how to feed my AR blogs to facebook and now I am following you on twitter!

Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Jason.

 

i have had some good luck with the PPC advertising on Facebook as well. Very good for demographic and geographic targeting!

 

Posted by John Herrigel, Portland, ME - Real Estate (The Herrigel-Kennedy Group - Portside Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Great Tips...I just added my blog to Facebook, who knew!  I actually added it to Twitter yesterday. Thanks Jason.

Posted by Tyler G. Wagner, Realtor (R), Associate Broker (Wagner Inc. Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the post, Jason.  It gives us hope that we are not doing this in vain.

Posted by Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team (RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the post, we use Facebook and have just started sending our AR posts to Twitter but still don't get it. We'll check it out a little more. We also like Linked In and have quite a network built up there.

Posted by Monica Bourgeau, Business Coaching (New Phase Business Coaching) almost 11 years ago

Jason - a follow up - I set up the AR feed to FB yesterday per your instructions above and it WORKED! We already received a comment on one of the posts (albeit from a relative) but she found it there! yeaah! thanks again. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Jason:  I have stayed away from Twitter and Facebook, My Space too.  They have seemed so trendy to date.  And it seems if you aren't a user, it may not really help much...though I suppose Twitter would also help out the SEO.  I may have to reconsider if you are having success with it.  

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the Facebook ideas. I was not aware you could connect facebook and Activerain. I have recently started tweeting my post on AR with twitter and have had some good results.

Posted by Rob Wagoner (Referral Builder LLC dba URBaCS) almost 11 years ago

Thats awesome, If you have time one day I would love to see you post more tips on facebook and twitter.  Like how to set up the feed.  Your info is greatly appreciated.

Posted by DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones, The NorthernVARealEstateLady & DMVRealEstateChick (Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I have become more active on Twitter lately - both are highly addictive, in my humble opinion.  Facebook also seems to have some interesting potential as a business tool, if used properly.

Hmm.  One of my clients invited me to Facebook today.  I guess I'm going to have to take a look at that one.

However, I just can't mentally handle the name Twitter yet.  :)

Posted by Not Yet Licensed almost 11 years ago

Powerful and helpful

Posted by Myrtle Beach South Carolina Marketing (Myrtle-Beach.com) almost 11 years ago

Hi Jason!  Will check out your post after I unpack from Houston.  It was AWESOME hanging out with you yesterday!  We have to do it again soon.

Posted by Amanda Evans, Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas (DFW Living) almost 11 years ago

Okay big brother...I need a lesson sometime. I am admittedly still in the dark about Twitter and Facebook. I learn quickly though. So...teach me great one!! :-) GBU!

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

I am still in Houston (returning to Austin this evening), but I thought it might be worth reposting my comment for those of you who want to know how to feed your AR posts to Facebook:

TO ALL: I am leaving town today - headed to Houston for the REBarcamp (real estate technology conference).  I promise to write a post about how to feed your blog to Facebook when I return.  In the meantime, this might help:

  • Log in to Facebook
  • Go to this page: http://www.facebook.com/apps/
  • In the search box, type in "blogcast"
  • Add this application and set it up
  • Your RSS feed for ActiveRain is easy - mine is http://activerain.com/blogs/jasoncrouch/rss (all of them follow this format)
  • Your Blogcast will show up under your Profile page and each update appears on your Wall
  • There is another application called "my blogs" that you could use

I hope this helps!  I will be on the road, but you can email me if you have any questions.  As I said, I will write something more extensive later.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Hey Jason,

Facebook is quite interesting. Everyone from high school has found me there, it snowballing like crazy!

As usual, great content dude. Excellent.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) almost 11 years ago

Jason, I think you get all these leads because you do a great job at AR and Twitter and people get to know you! I know that you have impressed me, in both arenas; you have provided a model for me to follow. Thanks.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Jason - I don't really have a presence on Facebook or Twitter.  I can see that that needs to change...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Okay Jason, how do I put it into my RSS feed? and where do I find this feed?  Nancy, just figured out how to link something...let's take it slow with the old lady, okay, please?

ps....when giving out directions...pretend you don't know anything....so the rest of us can follow...

thanks....:)

Posted by Nancy Larson (I am a licensed referral agent in NJ) almost 11 years ago

wow....i figured it out....thanks

Posted by Nancy Larson (I am a licensed referral agent in NJ) almost 11 years ago

Lead generation is awesome !  We are just starting to receive a few leads from AR - we have yet to receive a lead from Twitter or Facebook but maybe it is just a matter of time !

Posted by The Somers Team, Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate. (The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access) almost 11 years ago

thanks for sharing jason...you've been BOOKMARKED

Posted by Donna Paul, Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the great info.

www.mobileaustinnotary.com

Posted by Mobile Austin Notary, www.mobileaustinnotary.com (Apostille/Authentication/Embassy Legalization, Notary Public, Loan Signing Agent & Process Server Services) almost 11 years ago

You make it all seem so simple and enjoyable.  I am pretty new on this whole networking game, but have been doing a lot of reading - thank you to you guys - and pretty soon you will know me as I know you now!  Also a pleasure reading you.

Posted by Carla Rocha - RochaTeam, Talk To Us (United Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

Jason, I missed this when you posted it but just caught it on Mirela's reblog. Great info, thanks! I was sending to twitter but didn't know how to do facebook. Done!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 10 years ago

Jason...dont have time to read all this but bookmarked it so I can read it later.  This is exactly what I was looking for and was getting ready to ask some experienced AR people I know.  Thanks for the much needed info!

Posted by Tara Campbell, Broker/Owner, GRI, CDPE (RE/MAX Family) over 10 years ago

I love FB for keeping in touch with far away family and friends and I like twitter because it really doesn't ask much of me...and a great way to meet likeminded individuals.

Posted by Rita Bradley, Valuation Consultant in Orange County California 949-916-3263 over 10 years ago

Wow!  I have become part of Facebook and most recently twitter.  Using them is a bit like drinking water from a fire hose though.  I look forward to using them and grasping the idea of blogging.  It is both appealing and frightening to me.  Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

Posted by Joe Roy (HomeBased Realty) over 10 years ago

Of course I had to bookmark this too.  I have been on Facebook for quite a while, but I know I am not using it to its best capabilities.

Posted by Lesley Wagstaff, For Real Estate and Mortgages (Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC) almost 9 years ago

I  feed my Facebook with my Active Rain posts when I can get it to populate without my giant head. LOL

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 4 years ago

Participate